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Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or any other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

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1 Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or any other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature when: -submission to the conduct is made either a term or condition of employment or submission or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment decision(s); -such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

2 *Sexual Harassment is Unlawful Workplace Harassment* Examples of behavior that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: unwanted touching, patting or leering; sexual assault; inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life; telephone calls with sexual overtones; gender based insults or jokes causing embarrassment or humiliation; repeated, unwanted social or sexual invitations; inappropriate or unwelcome focus/comments on a person’s physical attributes or appearance

3 Which of the following are NOT likely to be considered sexual harassment? 1.Unwanted touching. 2.Comments about a person's sex life. 3.Unwanted leering. 4.Asking a coworker for a date. 5.Sexual jokes causing embarrassment or humiliation. 6.Telephone calls with sexual overtones. 7.Non-sexual compliments on a person's appearance. 8.Repeatedly asking for a date after being turned down. 9. s with sexual overtones. 10.Inappropriate comments on a person's physical attributes.

4 Unwelcomeness: What Does It Mean? Unwelcome behavior is just that; it is behavior that is not welcome, not solicited and not wanted by the offended person. While you may perceive your behavior to be friendly and harmless, a co-worker may find the behavior offensive, so it is important to think before you act in a way that could be perceived as sexually offensive. Most adults who pause to think about it can distinguish between what might be perceived as welcome and unwelcome behavior, especially if they think carefully about how others might react.

5 Unwelcomeness: What Does It Mean? How can you know in advance if a behavior is unwelcome? Here are some general guidelines to avoid committing unwelcome behavior: 1. Respect the people around you 2. Think before acting, 3. Imagine how other people might be feeling, 4. Exercise common courtesy 5. Think twice before making a joke (any joke).

6 1. Respect the people around you 2. Think before acting, 3. Imagine how other people might be feeling, 4. Exercise common courtesy 5. Think twice before making a joke (any joke).

7 Unwelcomeness: What Does It Mean? Some questions to ask yourself are: Would my spouse, child or sibling like to be treated this way? Would I like my behavior published in the organization newsletter? Could my behavior offend or hurt other members of the work group? Could someone misinterpret my behavior as intentionally harmful or harassing? If you are unsure if something might be welcome, don't do it. There is no risk in not doing something. Franklin County North Carolina, Employee Sexual Harassment Training


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